Mailboat RecordsThe archival Jimmy Buffett album Buried Treasure, Volume One, featuring a collection of recently rediscovered unreleased acoustic demos recorded during the late 1960s and early ’70s, hit stores today. The album features 11 tracks interspersed with narrated segments by Buffett.

The demos were culled from boxes of quarter-inch tapes that had been stored for decades in a Nashville studio once owned by producer/songwriter Buzz Cason, for whose publishing company Buffett worked early in his career. Included on the tapes were recordings Jimmy made in 1969 in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, as well as 125 tunes he subsequently recorded in Nashville while working for Cason.

While most of the songs on Buried Treasure are original Buffett compositions, the album also includes two Gordon Lightfoot covers — “The Gypsy” and “The Circle Is Small” — and a rendition of the Mamas and the Papas classic “California Dreamin’.” The latter tune was recorded at an event in Mobile celebrating the U.S. Junior Miss Pageant and features backing vocals from the pageant’s contestants.

Buried Treasure, Volume One is available as a standard CD packaged with a 28-page book, and a deluxe edition featuring a 40-page collector’s book and a bonus DVD containing a 20-minute documentary titled Buried Treasure — Mobile to Nashville that tells the story behind the recordings.

Additional albums featuring other recordings from the long-lost tapes will be released in the future.

In other news, Buffett will headline the “Tryin’ to Reason…” benefit concert this Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida, that’ll raise funds to aid communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas affected by this year’s devastating hurricanes. Country stars Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jake Owen also will perform at the sold-out show.

Here the full track list of Buried Treasure, Volume One:

“The Mobile Days” (narration)
“Don’t Bring Me Candy”
“Lightfoot” (narration)
“The Circle Is Small”
“Clunker Chord” (narration)
“Abandoned on Tuesday”
“Technology” (narration)
“I Can’t Be Your Hero Today”
“Blame It on New Orleans” (narration)
“Rickety Lane”
“Sgt. Pepper in the Gumbo Pot” (narration)
“The Wino Has Something to Say”
“Going Where the Wind Takes You” (narration)
“California Dreamin'”
“Nashville, Here We Come” (narration)
“The Gypsy”
“Hopelessly Gone” (narration)
“Hopelessly Gone”
“Simple Pleasures” (narration)
“Simple Pleasures”
“Close the World at Five” (narration)
“Close the World at Five”
“Thank You’s” (narration)

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